As smartphone tech seeks new solutions to accommodate bigger and better screens, the foldable smartphone became an inevitable answer. We have been talking about Foldable phones for many years now, but it’s only now that they are sure to go mainstream. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
We can sense the upcoming deluge of foldable-screen phones starting from next week at MWC, but is it really the beginning of a new era? Frankly, it’s too early to say, but judging by the enthusiasm around this tech evolution, perhaps the trend will catch on.
Are there apps optimized for foldable display phones?
Yes, Android has ‘Screen Continuity’, and so developers won’t have to go through an awful lot of trouble to optimize their apps for foldable displays. Simply put, its the feature by which an app could smoothly and seamlessly transform to and fro the different screen sizes.
App developers have had a headstart and many major apps must already be compatible. Google has already encouraging developers to add Screen Continuity, Multi-resume, and Multi-display support to their apps to make the transition to foldable phones smooth. In Android Q beta, we could find new changes for the same.
In concept, the option to enlarge screen in particular apps seems extremely alluring. Here’s a list of foldable phones that will go official very soon!
1. Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Fold is going to sport a 7.3-inch QXGA+ (1,536 x 2,152) Dynamic AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 4.2:3. This display called as Infinity Flex Display folds in half and you’ve got a 4.58-inch screen on the surface. Turn on the screen, you would be greeted by the OneUI based on Android 9.0 Pie with tailored software tweaks.
The phone ships with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB storage. The Galaxy Fold includes two batteries with 2,190mAh capacity, 4,380mAh in total and they work in tandem.
The phone includes 6 cameras- On the rear, a 16MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto sensor; on the inside is a 10MP (f/2.2) camera and an 8MP (f/1.9) RGB depth camera; upfront, you’ll get a 10MP (f/2.2) sensor. DxO mark recently reviewed the Galaxy Fold cameras and ranked number one alongside the Huawei P30. The Galaxy Fold likely to get relaunched by the end of 2019.
2. Xiaomi Dual Flex or MIX Flex
Check out this special video from #Xiaomi President and Co-founder Bin Lin, showing off a very special phone prototype… 😎
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) January 23, 2019
Unlike Samsung, Xiaomi intends to mass-manufacture its foldable device. A double-folding smartphone was seen used by the company president and co-founder Mr. Lin Bin in a video. When he folds it from left and right side, the display transforms into a smaller form factor like a phone.
We couldn’t get a view of the cameras or the power button. However, the phone sported MIUI skin which could’ve been guessed otherwise too.
3. Huawei Foldable Smartphone
Huawei Mate X unfolds to transform the 6.6-inch full-screen smartphone into a 5.4mm thin, eight-inch tablet that features almost double the viewing area of the device in smartphone mode. Huawei calls it as Falcon Wing Mechanical hinge.
It features two battery combining a total capacity of 4500mAh with the 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge support. Under the hood, it also features the Kirin 980 SoC with Balong 5000 5G modem. On the memory department, we have 512GB internally and 8GB of RAM. The phone will ship with a custom-made EMUI 9.1.1 based on Android 9 Pie software.
A triple camera setup powered by Leica optics acts as front cum rear shooters. The trio comprises of a primary 40MP sensor (wide-angle lens), 16MP (ultra-wide-angle lens), and an 8MP sensor (telephoto).
4. Microsoft Surface Duo
Microsoft Surface Duo is another device that comes with twin screens. Interestingly, Microsoft is contesting phone tag as it belives it is creating a new niche device with the Surface Duo.
The Surface Duo is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and features two 5.6-inches screen. Unlike other foldable phones, this Microsoft has a hinge that lets you rotate its 360 degrees. This upcoming foldable device runs on a custom Android built and will become available in the later-half of 2020.
5. Royole Flexpai
While the whole world was waiting for Samsung and other big shots to launch a folding smartphone, Royole Flexpai was revealed. The tech community, however, was not impressed by the rushed up barebone device.
6. OPPO Foldable Smartphone
OPPO’s Product Manager Chuck Wang has settled the speculations on their foldable smartphone debut at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. OPPO has reportedly patented three or more designs, but it’s still unclear on which one of these we would witness at the mobile trade show.
7. Moto Razr 2019
This year we could witness the Return of the Razr, a legendary smartphone from the good old Motorola days. Now, the Lenovo-owned brand is trying to bank on nostalgia and revive it back.
— bang gogo (@bang_gogo_) September 26, 2018
Twitterati has leaked some videos and pictures showcasing the device in all its..eh glory. The new Razr is rumored to cost $1,500 (approx). If not for the masses, this could interest the enthusiasts.
8. Blackberry Foldable Smartphone
TCL, a company that owns Blackberry and Alcatel could unveil five foldable devices, one of them works like a folder wristwatch. It could either automatically strap itself or you might have to smack it onto your wrist. Either way, it’s fascinating for a folding concept and unlike the rest, it won’t be bulky and bizarrely sized.
9. iQOO Foldable Phone
Vivo’s recently launched sub-brand iQOO has been teasing several interesting phones since it went official. One of these is a Foldable phone, and the leaked renders don’t show any buttons or ports. Since these were posted by random sources on Weibo, we don’t know how much faith we could put into them just yet.
10. Intel Foldable Smartphone
Based on an Intel patent application titled, ‘Electronic device with foldable display panels’, a Dutch website conceived the above renders of the forthcoming Intel device. Fully folded, it’s a smartphone with all the cameras, sensors and receivers placed underneath the display.
Unfold it two times, and you’ve got a large tablet with three displays. There would be 6 cameras in total- two cameras each. It could include a stylus pen that inserts into the cavities formed by the folds. And maybe, a magnet holds it within.
Apple Foldable Smartphone?
Ever since the iPhone X was launched back in September 2017, there have been rumors on an upcoming Foldable iPhone. Unlike the Galaxy F which folds inwards, Apple’s foldable phone could fold outwards.
Anyways, Apple won’t be jumping the foldable phone bandwagon until 2020. The same goes for LG.
10 Best Foldable Phones Coming Up This Year
Apart from LG and Apple, all major Smartphone makers will put forth a foldable Android phone in 2019.
Samsung Senior VP Hark-sang Kim believes their Infinity Flex Display will be prospective for reimagining the smartphone tech. This would be fruitful for the business too. Following the display issues, Samsung has delayed the launch for an indefinite period.
Any new technology would undergo some hurdles in the initial phase. In this case, the handiness, user interface, software experience, hardware internals, etc of the foldable should at least match, if not surpass the current trends.